Reading in Color, an Exhibition in New York by Mary Ellen Bartley

Mary Ellen Bartley is a photographer, holding a BFA degree from Purchase College, SUNY. She currently lives and works in Sag Harbor, NY. Mary Ellen predominately examines printed material and identifies how a book can be significant in the digital era. She isolates parts of a book and displays it over her colored overlays. As a result, she explores the possibilities of reading a book in color.

How color affects the brain is a known fact. By selecting pale color combinations, Bartley causes her audience to be more relaxed. By photographing a book, Bartley explores other forms of its use as currently the printed form of reading diminishes year after year.

Her latest work, Reading in Color, is exhibited at the Yancey Richardson Gallery. “Known for her exploration of the tactile and formal qualities of printed books, the photographs in the exhibition showcase colorful arrangements made from the dyed fore-edges of mass market ‘pulp’ paperbacks.” the Gallery suggests. “Untethered from their titles and the stories within, these still life compositions quietly oscillate between abstraction, sculptural assemblage and color studies“. The exhibition started on the 24th of October and will run up to the 7th of December. Enjoy.